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23.06.2012

We hope that this site will really help patients and clinicians in understanding more about these unfortunate injuries. We hope that this site will facilitate and modernise how patients with trigeminal nerve injuries are managed and in addition educated clinicians on the impact these injuries have on their patients and how to prevent them.

 

Trigeminal nerve injury is the most problematic consequence of dental surgical procedures with major medico-legal implications (Caissie et al 2005). The incidence of lingual nerve injury has remained static in the UK over the last 30 years, however the incidence of inferior alveolar nerve injury has increased; the latter being due to implant surgery and endodontic therapy. Iatrogenic injuries to the third division of the trigeminal nerve remain a common and complex clinical problem.

 

Altered sensation and pain in the orofacial region may interfere with speaking, eating, kissing, shaving, applying make up, tooth brushing and drinking; in fact just about every social interaction we take for granted (Ziccardi 2000). Usually after oral rehabilitation, the patient expects and experiences significant improvements, not only regarding jaw function, but also in relation to dental, facial, and even overall body image (Kiyak et al, 1990). Thus these injuries have a significant negative effect on the patient’s self-image and quality of life and the iatrogenesis of these injuries lead to significant psychological effects (Abarca et al 2006).